Tea For Any Health Concern
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Tea for Life

My mom (the main influencer in life) taught me, at a very young age, that there’s a tea for almost everything! Most people who know me, know I love tea (obsessed even). I am constantly drinking tea at work or at home, and I believe these delicious, herbal blends can help heal us from the inside out. So when coworkers or friends tell me of their: Stomachache? I say “drink tea.” Lack of energy? Tea. Can’t sleep? Tea. Want clear skin? Tea. So I figured why not share a post on which teas I use for what problems:

to Sleep

You’ve probably seen the “sleepy-time” tea options at the store. If you find yourself tossing and turning in bed for an uncomfortable amount of time before freaking out, or worse, reaching for the medicine cabinet, grab some Chamomile tea. It’s known for its calming effects by reducing overall stress and anxiety. Proven to increase overall sleep quality by decreasing the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, and the number of times you might wake up in the middle of the night.

Common Cold

While Echinacea tea will not cure your cold, it will help make your symptoms feel better by easing a slightly blocked nose and the tickle in your throat. Echinacea provides a huge immunity boost, which can help reduce the length of a cold, soothe your sore throat, and reduce your scratchy cough. Most  “cold time” teas have Echinacea in them, but now you know why!

Skin

My absolute favorite is  Green tea, not only for its soothing taste, but its filled with antioxidants. Proven to help improve the look of blemishes and skin redness. A cup a day can help your skin maintain clarity, but it’s also been proven to work when applied topically (hence a few green tea products).

Stomachache

To melt any gastro problem away, Peppermint tea happens to do the trick every time. Peppermint has been shown to have a basket full of benefits for the digestive tract, including its ability to relax spasms happening in your digestive system, relieve indigestion, pass gas, and work to aid the digestive process. Additionally, it’s been proven to ease symptoms of the way to common, but not talked about enough, irritable bowel syndrome. For issues like nausea, Ginger tea is fantastic for its anti-inflammatory properties, like calming the stomach down and easing any signs of vomiting.

Lack of Energy

There’s more than one type of tea containing caffeine, but Black tea is by far the most energy-boosting tea I know. An eight-ounce serving typically provides half the amount of caffeine as coffee; so if you’re looking for an energy boost that’s not as intense or jittery as that of coffee, aim for a cup of black tea to start your morning. matcha is known to provide a more steady flow of energy throughout the day instead of coffee’s instant boost—which is perfect if you’re looking to avoid a hard afternoon crash.

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Random post about tea, well not so random, since I was battling a cold (for a day). Traveling between sunny Miami and cold New York takes a toll on my body. Not to mention wearing this outfit when Miami weather decided to suddenly drop 20 degrees… but what can I say, I really wanted pair this ruffle skirt with an edgy band tee.

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I Quit Drinking
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I Stopped Drinking and It’s Hard for Some To Understand Why

Let me start by saying, I am not an alcoholic (lol) most of the time when someone says “I don’t drink anymore” others assume they’re recovering alcoholics - sorry to disappoint, but that is not my reason why. I will say this, it is very strange to openly talk about the fact that I stopped drinking, because that would be admitting I did drink. In my culture (and with a strict Muslim father like mine) you-do-not-drink—period. But yes, I have enjoyed my fair share of alcoholic drinks. My husband and I bonded over Eminem and Jack Daniels in high school. With that said, me and my party days have all pretty much parted ways a while ago. If that sounds familiar its because it’s Eminem’s lyrics. After college, I definitely loved to enjoy the occasional glass of wine, especially in a profession like mine where architects drink wine like water.

Its been a little over a year, and trust me I’ve heard it all.

  • Are you pregnant?

  • Is it a religious thing?

  • Why, were you a heavy drinker?

  • Oh, is it because you’re driving?

Which I understand since, someone who chooses not to drink is something of a curiosity. Plus I was usually the number one person to suggest a wine night. The simple answer I give is, I just don't want to drink. The real reason? I promised my mom I wouldn’t, but I can’t say that without it getting pretty awkward at a fun social happy hour.

I hid the fact that I drink from my dad, but I never hid it from my mom. She was my best friend and like I’m being open now, I was an open book with her. My mom wasn’t a drinker, but that didn’t matter, because when she got sick her liver and kidneys started failing.  She used to say we think eating the way we do and drinking the way we do doesn’t matter, because we’ll go to the gym and get over our hangover in the morning. To my mom, health was the number one thing we should care for, so I decided to stop drinking. Not out of fear that I’ll be damned or even for my health honestly. I stopped because she loved me so much, and the last thing I promised her was that I would stop. She just wanted to protect me, so how could I not continue honoring that promise.

Do I miss it? I guess, I miss the fun social setting. It was a little strange to talk at a happy hour without a glass in my hand. Actually it felt like others thought it was strange, so I started holding a glass of water. It doesn’t bother me when I’m around it, I don’t judge those who drink and those who don’t. It just feels normal now. It’s been a little over a year and so far nothing has proven worth breaking my promise. I hope nothing ever will.

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“I’ve got 99 problems and 86 of them are completely made up scenarios in my head that I’m stressing about for absolutely no logical reason.” When I read that the other week 1. it made me laugh and 2. I realized how true it is! Not that I’m going to write a long post about suddenly realizing I need to learn the art of not giving a damn, but it truly is an art. In general just trying to be more open and share, because I’m tired of stressing over all these hypothetical scenarios in my head. But baby steps... I just started to take a quick photo of my daily outfit (whether it’s the outfit I wore to the office or to lunch with friends). So here’s to week one.